New Westminster – A young woman is being commended for coming forward and sharing her story of harassment and attempted sexual assault which resulted in an arrest on Tuesday night, December 19, 2017, by Metro Vancouver Transit Police.
On the afternoon of December 18, 2017, a 21 year old Vancouver woman approached Transit Police officers, on patrol at the Marine Drive Canada Line Station, and advised that she had allegedly been followed and harassed over the last several months by an unknown male. An investigation was initiated which included surveillance of the Marine Drive Canada Line Station and the adjacent bus loop.
The woman described the behaviour of the suspect which included alleged inappropriate sexual remarks and gestures. He allegedly followed her on the bus and the train, whispered in her ear and on one occasion, tried to grab her buttocks.
At approximately 9:15 pm, December 19, 2017, a 64 year old Vancouver man was arrested by Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers in the bus loop adjacent to the Marine Drive Canada Line Station. He was released on a Promise to Appear in Vancouver Provincial Court on February 19, 2018, with a condition to have no contact with the victim. Charges of Criminal Harassment and Attempted Sexual Assault have been recommended.
We commend this young woman for her bravery and willingness to come forward. Reducing sexual assaults and harassment on our transit system is a priority for Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report these incidents to us directly by using our text code, 87 77 77, or calling us at 604-515-8300.
Text us directly and discreetly at 87 77 77 or call us at 604-515-8300. See Something, Say Something!